Hello all! Been awhile since I've posted or been on ATS..
I'm a home inspector. I primarily do inspections for people purchasing a home as part of their due diligence, but occasionally do a job for real
estate companies, insurance companies, etc.
I was doing an inspection in Grantsville, UT about a month ago. This was a newly built home and the scope of the inspection was to make sure that
everything was up to code and properly built. The new owner was already moving his stuff into their unfinished basement when I arrived for the
We started talking about regular life and this guy mentioned that he installed Reverse Osmosis water systems in large facilities like military ships,
industrial buildings, government compounds, etc. I mentioned that I had been looking at under-the-sink RO systems for my kitchen. The water in the
Tooele and Grantsville area is pretty hard which is typical when you live in the desert. He said that his company bought exactly these types of
systems to give to their clients to try out in their homes and that he would give me one if I wanted it.. Being the person I am, I declined, but he
eventually insisted and I ended up taking it home.
I got it all installed within a week. This is a four-stage RO filter from WaterGroup. It came with 90% of the hardware needed, but I had to tap in to
the product delivery line to feed my refrigerator. I spent about $10 on a couple of fittings.
My TDS (total dissolved solids) readings are about 220 from me regular tap water, and read below 5 with the RO system. This type of system removes
lead, cadmium, bacteria, fluoride, iron, copper, etc. Everything.
This type of system can be purchased for under $200 on Amazon, or direct from the manufacturer.
The ice in my refrigerator is crystal clear now. My water tastes fantastic. This particular system is 30 GPD which is more than enough for drinking,
cooking, and making coffee. Coffee tastes so much better using distilled or RO water. =]
My experience with this has been very good. Installation was easy if you can figure out how to build a lego X-Wing - but some people might need help.
I just wanted to share my experience and give my opinion about the difference in water quality. If you want better than bottled water quality at home
this is the way to go!
Sorry for the disorganized and rambling post - it's 7 am and I just woke up.